|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Jean-Gabriel Jacob|
|• Land1||5.09 km2 (1.97 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||840/km2 (2,200/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||59656 / 59117|
|Elevation||12–58 m (39–190 ft)
(avg. 15 m or 49 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
The name appears in the form Viroviacum in the Antonine Itinerary and the Peutinger map in the 3rd century, so the settlement is old. It was here that the Roman road from Tournai to Cassel crossed the Lys (a tributary of the Scheldt). It had a fortified post, of which traces are still visible. It was mentioned by Sanderus in his "Flandria illustrata" in the sixteenth century.
Wervicq-Sud during the sixteenth century was the main centre of tobacco production in Europe. It was dependent on Spain until Louis XIV's conquest in 1667. A part of the main agglomeration situated on the left side of the river was a Belgian province and on the left side of the river, reattached to the French province of Flanders, it later become a part of the Nord department under the name Wervicq-Sud in 1790.
There was a small uprising here after the Belgian Revolution. Locals, together with those of Bousbecque and a small number from Comines, demanded reunification with their Belgian counterparts on the other side of the Lys. This ended after an intervention of the Gendarmes.
During World War I the town was occupied by the Germans. In World War II it was integrated into the Military Administration in Belgium and Northern France and reunited with its Belgian counterpart Wervik.
The arms of Wervicq-Sud are blazoned :
- 1962: 2,593
- 1968: 3,114
- 1975: 3,991
- 1982: 4,163
- 1990: 4,328
- 1999: 4,288
- 2006: 4,683
Numerous associations located on a local way. Its main activity varies predominantly on textiles.
Points of interests
- 't Wit Kasteel, a Château under communal property
- The area of La Montagne with its old property of Dalle-Dumont, a communal property covering 13 hectares and made up of three parts:
- The East: A public garden
- The Center: An enclosed agricultural pastures with a small bay and favorable to its walkway
- The West: By the woods, covers a space of 8 hectares and features a German monuments featuring a few military graves dating from the First World War. It also features several types of trees and plants.
- Official website (French)
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